Bob Galivan discovered Kumihimo by accident after taking a class with Adrienne Gaskell almost five years ago. From that initial class, he became fascinated with the beauty of the structures that could be created using a few lengths of fiber. Over the succeeding years, he studied with Makiko Tada, in both Miami and in Japan. Sensei Tada is one of Kumihimo’s renowned masters. In 2016, he will be continuing his research under Roderick Owen, another Kumihimo expert.
The subtle, supple texture of silk and the fascinating permutations afforded by the almost infinite variety of fiber that can be braided are the canvas on which Bob works. His primary medium is the Marudai (the standard Japanese Kumihimo braiding loom), but has been exploring the potential of the simple square braiding plate, invented by Sensei Tada. Although the intent of the plate was one basic braid, Bob has been able to adapt several of her designs (and with her guidance) into new forms.